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Christmas Hills - Blue flowers

Blue Flowers
State Forest/Christmas Hills/Tasmania/Australia*
Scott Bennett
Christmas Hills
2013
Digital image
30" x 30"
Collection the artist

Artist Statement

Not only the result, but the road to it also, is a part of truth. The investigation of truth must itself be true, true investigation is unfolded truth, the disjuncted members of which unite in the result (Sergei Eisenstein)

Id spent many hours poring over aerial images of Tasmania, on and off for several years. I was anxious about the visible threat to the diminishing wilderness.

I was astonished, when I chanced one day, to view a forest in negative. Artificial structures stood out, strongly contrasted, in shades of blue, against the silver-white of the wilderness. The dark wilds appeared as pure as snow when inverted.

The scene looked like a stained microscope slide, fluorescing under ultraviolet light (A black light or Woods lamp!), the specimen dyed blue to enhance visualisation.

The Chinoiserie style resembles blue and white porcelain wares (Chinese: 青花; pinyin: qīng-huā; literally "Blue flowers").

The barcode on the bottom right encodes a URL containing the coordinates of the site on a map, the location of the real place.

The place is Christmas Hills, in north-west Tasmania.

Location in Google Maps
Location in LIST map

*Aerial image reproduced with kind permission of Geodata Services Branch, Information & Land Services Division, DPIPWE.